Friday, December 12, 2014

Political Iceberg

What you're seeing with the politics over the 2015 Federal Omnibus funding bill in Congress, and the insertion of Republican amendments after the bipartisan negotiation agreement between Republicans and Democrats, is just the tip of the political iceberg for the 2015-16 Congress under Republican control.

You can bet every bill which passes Congress and sent to the President will have proverbial political poison pill with more amendments, provisions, etc. to undo everything the Democrats have accomplished, including the Affordable Care Act, and/or to unfund everything they don't want the federal government to do, such as immigration, EPA, IRS, education, etc.

And the bills will have enough for the President to want and face the reality of signing it, which they'll sweeten the bill to ensure it, or veto it, and then face the wrath of the media with either decision, sign it and face anger from Democrats or veto it and face the media accusing him of everything imaginable.

If you don't believe it, consider who's in charge in Congress, Speaker John Boehner in the House and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate, both who hate the President and have no reason to negotiate or compromise with Democrats.

And for the next two years this is what we'll get, a President who has to agree with the Republicans to sign bills and face the anger of Democrats or not agree with the Republicans to support Democrats and face the anger of the Republicans and the media.

And you can bet with all their money the Republicans with their PAC's and Super PAC's will spend money hand over fist attacking the President and any presidential candidate and the Democrats from now through the 2016 elections. They have deep pockets now with the changes in the campaign finance rules for donations.

And you can bet with a 55-45 majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell will change the filibuster rules in January 2016 to make filibusters harder for Democrats (so much for Harry Reid's gentlemen's agreement with McConnell) and make every political and judicial nominee a political fight.

The Republicans will tie up everything the Democrats and President wants to do and shove every Republican issue down their throats to accept or be forgotten. Only the Presidential veto will stand in their way, but they already have a plan for that, to make him swallow what he hates with what he wants.

Yeah, bipartisanship was cast adrift after this election, never to be seen again for two years. And the biggest loser is and will be the American people and our democracy. The Republicans will relish in the power to help the corporations and the wealthy and the power to restrict or eliminate everything for us.

This is what the voters elected. This is what they'll get. Don't look at me, I didn't vote for Republicans. To those who did vote for Republicans, if this is what you wanted, and I can't write what I'd like to say to you, and if it's not what you wanted, you got it anyway, and I can't write what I'd like to say to you.

So much for our democracy for the next two years. It's bought and paid for by the wealthy and the corporations and the Republicans will do what they say. Only one person can stand in their way, but he hasn't shown the courage and backbone to do that.

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